Social CompassFor more than sixty years, Social Compass has provided a unique forum for all scholars concerned with the sociology of religion. Each quarterly issue is thematic, offering in-depth coverage of a key area of current social research on religion in society. Recent themes include: teaching and research in the social sciences of religion; religion, culture and identity; and state reconstruction of the religious field.
Journal for the Scientific Study of ReligionThe Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (JSSR) is a multi-disciplinary journal that publishes articles, research notes, and book reviews on the social scientific study of religion. Published articles are representative of the best current theoretical and methodological treatments of religion.
Sociology of ReligionSociology of Religion, the official journal of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, is published quarterly for the purpose of advancing scholarship in the sociological study of religion. The journal publishes original (not previously published) work of exceptional quality and interest without regard to substantive focus, theoretical orientation, or methodological approach.
Review of Religious ResearchProvides a forum for the publication of research information on religion and religious organizations in the lives of individuals and in the wider society. Offers a regular channel for the interdisciplinary exchange of information on methods, findings and uses of institutional religious research.
Journal of Religion and SocietyCross-disciplinary, electronic journal published by the Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University. The journal promotes the study of religious groups and beliefs among various peoples, past and present, with special emphasis on American religions and Western religious traditions.
Journal of Empirical TheologyPublishes articles on comparative research in religion on the macro-level of society (especially the function of religion with regard to equality and inequality, social order and cohesion and the process of rationalization), the meso-level of institutions (especially family, public and religiously affiliated schools, health and welfare institutions and religious institutions), and the micro-level of patterns and processes of identity formation and group formation.
Research in the Social Scientific Study of ReligionResearch in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSR) is an interdisciplinary, international, peer-viewed, annual series, which publishes new and innovative research within the social scientific study of religion or belief.
Archives de Sciences Sociales des ReligionsPublishes articles reflecting the most advanced research in this field, in France and abroad, in French, English, and Spanish. The journal has three main goals: to promote a comparative perspective, extended to all religions, and all cultural areas; to encourage cooperation of all social sciences for the purpose of informing about the multifaceted religious phenomenon; to emphasize the presentation of methodological and theoretical reflections on the objects of research.
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